Re: Roadmap for the future.

A question to seriously consider is whether the Linux community is *playing to its strength* by pursuing a lots of front-ends having mostly superficial conversations with Dashboard versus fewer front-ends having super-intimate conversations.

Will the demo be?
	a) Look at all of this context! Or,

b) Notice how Dashboard thoughtfully didn't make itself visible in this case, notice how Dashboard didn't rearrange the context when clicking on a Dashboard link that changes the current app, notice how the Dashboard UI adjusts to make all of the context visible at a glance, etc!

Microsoft's demo will likely be a). Apple's will likely be a) for third-party apps and possibly some b) for its tied/bundled apps.


On Feb 23, 2004, at 2:07 PM, Nat Friedman wrote:

On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 13:49, Robb Beal wrote:

Has the notion of the focused app supplying the context *presentation*
been considered/discussed?

It's been considered, but we're a little ways from being able to make
that happen.

The right thing to do is to split the UI and core of the dashboard so
that applications can use the dashboard engine in the most
context-appropriate way.

I don't want to take this step for some time, though.  We don't have a
useful engine right now, and we won't have one if we start generalizing
this too early.

So, the horizontal space (ie, window width) needs to be
a function of font size, preferably such that you'd have a constant
number of words per line.

Yeah, a patch to do this would be welcome.

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